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Moving 15% of procedures to private sector will wreck NHS

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1257
  1. Ann McGauran
  1. London

    Plans by the government to improve the NHS by moving a major proportion of treatment to the private sector and to pay by results will wreck the NHS, a BMA conference heard.

    London would be ripe for being turned into a marketplace for health care, with its “high presence of private and commercial health care and a high density of providers able to make the most of opportunities,” said Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a member of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee.

    He was speaking at a seminar last week organised by the BMA's London Regional Medical Council on the implications for London of the NHS improvement plan. Dr …

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